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Former defender Darren Moore believes that West Brom's warm-weather team break will help the side's battle with relegation, after recalling the time when Geoff Horsefield dropped his trousers in America.
Moore, who made 104 appearances for the Black Country side, reflects on the positive effect the trip had on the squad, allowing the club to miraculously escape relegation under Bryan Robson.
"Quite often it would just be listening to Bryan telling us stories about his England and Manchester United days, about some of the players he came up against or games he played with." But, according to Moore, there is one particular moment from that trip that sticks in the memory. "We were walking to a club one night when Geoff Horsfield dropped his trousers in the middle of the road.
"The police drove past, switched their siren on...realised we were from England, shook their heads and drove on." Moore recalls these events as the current West Brom squad head out to Jerez for their very own warm-weather break and team bonding session.
The former Barnsley and Burton defender also belives the break is crucial for Spaniard Pepe Mel, as it allows him to assess the players' fitness levels for the first time.
“I think it’s a good idea, more so for Pepe Mel than the players because, firstly, he needs to know his players on a more personal basis, which he hasn’t properly had a chance,” the 39-year-old suggests.
“Secondly, he probably felt a little bit alone – he’s in a new environment, with new people, a different language, different weather, different food, etc.
"A lot of people questioned Bryan for doing that – we were bottom of the league, we were struggling and everyone had written us off. "We used to do an hour in the morning, then we’d be told to meet at 2pm in the hotel lobby.“From there we would spend the whole day together as a team and most of the evening.Robson took the players, including new signings Keiran Richardson and Kevin Campbell, to the states in February 2005, and Moore believes this year's trip to Jerez may be just what manager Pepe Mel needs to asses his squad.“A bit of relaxation was what we needed when we went to America under Bryan Robson,” the 39-year-old told the .
"He [Mel] will also get that rest and recovery time with the players – which will give him an insight into the type of people he has at the club, who the big personalities are, who the quieter lads are, what they’re like as characters", Moore concluded.
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